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The Collectors Newsletter #397 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #397 February 2006
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Regarding raising the Reserve price on a auction before bids are placed
.....I am a certified eBay selling instructor and I instruct my students that
this is an option for them if they discover the value of their item is
greater than they thought. There is nothing wrong with doing this. Often
times I encourage them to lower the Reserve price if they have over
estimated the value of the item. In fact, eBay policy states that changing
a Reserve price is a viable option when revising a listing if there are no
bids and the time frame allows for doing this. Marilyn
Reading the letter from the lady who brought her things to an antique
dealer who kept "losing items" and saying they were "broken" brings up
the last garage sale I had...and will ever have. It was a very large sale.
My husband was outside and I was inside. You wouldn't believe how
many people just walked off without paying while either my husband and
I were occupied with other customers. I will never have another garage
sale again! Jacque in Cohasset
I have been a happy eBayer for some time now, but have always avoided
the use of sniping, not specifically on ethical grounds but simply because
unless one uses sniping software which entails giving away your ID and
password, one runs the risk of missing getting a bid in on time, so it
sometimes simply doesn't work.
I recently sold an item to an eBayer from New Zealand and she told me
that they have a similar on-line auction system there that has a really
neat feature which seems to work very well and in effect simulates real
auction behavior. As the end of an auction approaches, instead of it
finishing at the exactly appointed moment, it is set to finish a specified
time after the last bid if this is within a minute or so of the stated end
time. So a sniping bid has the effect of putting the end time back until
all last minute bids have been received and the item is sold to the
highest bidder as with a proper auction, not the one lucky enough to
have got a bid in so late no-one else can outbid him or her... Nice
idea eh? Cheers Martin S.
My wife and I attended an auction; she bought a box for $1.00 and I
bought a box some 20 feet away for 50 cents. When we got home
she pulled out a ceramic and wood coffee pot without the lid; book price
w/o lid was $20. With lid, $65.00. Guess what I found? I swear, the
lid was in my box! Tom
I too enjoy your newsletter. When my great-aunt passed in 2004, our
family had to attend an estate auction to receive any family items--
even pictures. My aunt was bidding on a box lot, because it had my
great-grandmother nursing books in it, a dealer knowing that she was
family kept raising the price of the box(she paid $ 80.00). I asked him
what was so important in that box of books--he stated nothing! I
couldn't believe this, most of the other shoppers, would back away
from an item if a family member was bidding on it, but not this guy.
Sherri in Michigan
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4) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
A Thank You!...
A few months ago I asked in your news letter if anyone had info on a Tonka
U Haul 1960's truck ..I had so many wonderful emails from your readers..
what a great bunch of people ..( the truck has been found and delivered to
my son, among tears and rememberances) Thank you Readers and Kovel's
Looking for an item..
I have been searching for years for any information on violins that were
made by my husbands grandfather Joseph Holcomb of Brooklyn, NY.
They were made in the 1930's and 1940's. We believe it was just as a
hobby. As my husband was a young boy when his grandfather died he
doesn't remember the details, he only remembers that they were
beautiful. I am trying to locate one regardless of condition as a surprise
for my husband. His family was not as close knit and sentimental as
mine so he has no memento's of his grandfather. If any one has any
ideas on where to look, other than family, (there is none), and we live
in Florida, so pounding the streets of Brooklyn is not an option, I would
greatly appreciate any suggestions. You can e-mail me at:
Please let us know if the owner is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.com
Do you have some old yearbooks? Are you looking for an old yearbook?
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help. Send us info at LostAndFound@tias.com
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and comments that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I teach preschool, ages 3-5 to be exact. When we came back from
Thanksgiving break I greeted the children at the door and asked how their
time off was. One three year old little boy said "I was sad." When asked
why he replied "Grandpa Grape died." I said, "Grandpa Grape?" he said
"UH huh, Grandpa Grape died and he's in Heaven now." When his mother
came to pick him up I told her how sorry I was about Grandpa Grape dying
over the break. She looked at me puzzled and said, "His Great Grandpa
died!" Kids say the darndest things! I bet his great grandpa would love
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feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Yvonne in Pittsburgh was looking for a recipe for "HASENPFEFFER
and potato dumplings"
Several suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of either recipe that you would like to share with
our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
In answer to the recent request for this German recipe - this comes
from the Fredericksburg Home Kitchen Cook Book, Ninth Edition,
published by the Fredericksburg Parent-Teacher Association in 1967.
Fredericksburg, Texas, was originally inhabited by German immigrants.
Two three-pound cut up rabbits; 1 cup red wine vinegar; 2 cups red
wine; 1/4 cup sugar; 2 large onions, thinly sliced; 1 garlic clove; 2
sprigs parsley; 1 teaspoon ground allspice; 1 bay leaf, crumbled;
1 tablespoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; 1/4 cup
butter; small amount of flour.
Marinate rabbit for 24 hours in a mixture of the first 10 ingredients.
Remove rabbit from marinade, pat dry and dredge with flour. Brown
in butter. Strain marinade, pour over rabbit and bring to boil. Reduce
heat, cover and simmer for about 1-1/2 hours. The sauce may be
thickened with flour before serving. Miss Ella G.
In the TIAS Newsletter #396 Yvonne in Pittsburgh, PA requested a
recipe for hasenpfeffer & potato dumplings. I have one recipe for the
hassenpfeffer (rabbit hash) and two different potato dumpling recipes
...one for er dap fel knodel and one for kartoffelklosse. They are:
HASENPFEFFER (Rabbit Hash):
1 rabbit, cut in pieces
1 c. vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 sliced onion
a few cloves
a few peppercorns
salt to taste
few slices of lemon
4 Tbsp. heavy cream
Cover rabbit with mixture of water, vinegar, bay leaf, onion, cloves,
peppercorns and salt. Let stand overnight in refrigerator. Remove
rabbit from liquid; dredge in flour. Brown in fat; add a little sugar, a
few slices of lemon and some of liquid in which rabbit was marinated.
Simmer until tender. Mix flour with cream and thicken the liquid.
ER DAP FEL KNODEL (Potato Dumplings):
2 medium Irish potatoes
6 Tbsp. butter
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
Pare, quarter and cook potatoes; drain. Add 2 Tbsp. of the butter,
then whip. Cool slightly; add beaten egg. Sift together dry ingredients,
then stri into potatoes to make soft dough. Have 3 inches boiling
water in saucepan. Dip tablespoonsful of dough into water into water.
Lower heat; cover, leaving a small crack. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove dumplings from pan; place in serving dish. Pour remaining
browned butter over dumplings. Yields 6 servings.
KARTOFFELKLOSSE (German Potato Dumplings):
3 lbs. potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. raw farina
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 & 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. small croutons
1/2 c. flour
Boil potatoes until soft enough to mash. Rice the potatoes; add other
ingredients and mix well. Shape into balls about tennis ball size. Roll
lightly in flour and cook in rapidly boiling salt water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Be careful not to overcook or dumplings will turn starchy. Yeild: 6-8
I hope these are the recipes that will bring a smile to that sweet dad's
face! Dea G.
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
A Thank You!
Thanks to both readers(and the editors) for giving me back these
wonderful recipes,(Corn Flake Crumb Fruitcake and Bisquick Veggie
and Cheese Bake. Antique collectors are the greatest.
Phyllis M. Cherry Hill NJ
Several years ago, on the back of the Bisquick box was a recipe for
'Garden Pizza' ..We made and loved this recipe, is easy and loaded
with all the garden veggies we grew..Does any one perchance have
this recipe ? Some where mine got lost or borrowed .Appreciate and
help..stay safe and be happy...Shirley
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
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